Calendar of Events




  If you haven an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. 

 In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!


Grove, OK: Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 9 am-2 pm, downtown.


Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.


Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.


Lamar, MO: 1-6 pm Wednesdays, 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.


Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.


Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance, 417.347.5646.


Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 


Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturdays, Tuesdays 4-7 pm, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets, downtown.


Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm and Saturdays 9 am-12 pm. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.


Acadia, KS


September 3, 10, 17 & 24: Night Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake.


September 10-11: Old Settlers Days, 6-10 pm, downtown Arcadia.


Cherokee, KS


September 4: Cherokee Outlaw Cruise Night, 6 pm, downtown Cherokee.


September 11 & 12: Fall Festival in Cherokee (Bean Feed Drive-Through), 6 pm, downtown Cherokee.


Farlington, KS


September 26: Annual Chili Cook-Off, 4:30 pm, Crawford State Park, 1 W. Lake Rd.


Frontenac, KS


September 4, 5, 18 & 19: Movin On, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour. 201 Santa Fe St., 620.232.9813.


September 11, 12 & 26: Cotton, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour. 201 Santa Fe St., 620.232.9813.


September 25: Johnnie Zibert Polka Band, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour. 201 Santa Fe St., 620.232.9813.


Girard, KS


September 12: Fall Market at Harrigans Barn, 9 am-4 pm, Harrigan’s Barn, 608 S Sinnet.


September 12: Paint & Sip, 2-4:30 pm, Bender on 7, 820 S. Summit St.


September 20: Greenbush Day with Outdoor Adventures, 11 am-3 pm, Saint Aloysus and Greenbush, 947 W KS-47.


October 3: Girard Fall Festival, downtown Girard.


Pittsburg, KS


September 2 & 9: Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant/Bar & Event Center, 134 S, US-69, 620.670.2255.


September 10: Jason Boland with Tanner Usrey, 9 pm, The Pitt, 516 North Broadway, 620.308.6888.


September 19: Bobby Degonia, 9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant/Bar & Event Center, 134 S, US-69, 620.670.2255.


September 26: Justin Colvard, 9:30 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant/Bar & Event Center, 134 S, US-69, 620.670.2255.


September 27: Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1-3 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 US-69, 620.231.1440.


ArtsForms Gallery, 620 Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 620.240.0165


Tuesdays: Art Exploration, 1-3 pm. Pat will lead you through a creative art experience every week. Feel free to bring something you are working on. We will have opportunities to participate in community activities and charities at times.


September 5: Fused Glass Painting, 10 am-noon. Artist: Dianne Miller, $30, ages 14+. Class limit 6. First-time offered glass-fusing painting workshop! Using special glass-fusing paint, you will paint a scene on clear glass that will be kiln-fired. The glass size is approximately 5” x 7” for window hanging, or shadowbox for an additional $5.


September 13: Tree of Life Pendant, 2-4 pm, $40, age 16+. Class limit 8. Artist: Kristin Girard. Make your own special Tree of Life pendant or sun catcher using copper wire and semiprecious stone chips. Learn basic wire-wrapping skills or practice the one you already have. All materials and tools are provided. Please wear a mask during the workshop.


September 20: Ceramic Leaf Platters, 2-4 pm, $45, ages 12+. Class limit 6. Artist: Daria Claiborne. Create a unique platter using leaves as a pattern on a clay slab in this hand-built ceramic workshop. Design your leaf platter and select a glaze to enhance it. Projects fired and then returned to the Gallery for you to pick up in a couple of weeks.


Carl Junction, MO


Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main, 417.649.7237


Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickle ball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm.


Carthage, MO


September 5: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. For information, call 417.317.0609.


September 5: Yoga 4 Kids w/Stacey Stiles, 11 am-12 pm. 121 E. 3rd St., Carthage. Fee: $5/child; parents free with child. For information, call 417.437.2389.


Diamond, MO


George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit* Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.


September 5 & 6: African American Trailblazers, 11 am. Who successfully created the first light bulb filament? Ragtime music? The world’s first blood bank? Join us for this discussion exploring some of the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans.


September 5-12: Prairie Day Online. Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child, this ONLINE weeklong event will include demonstration videos, past musical performances, junior ranger activities and more! 


September 13: Struggle for an Education, 11 am. Join us for this program exploring some of the challenges George Washington Carver faced in his pursuit of a formal education while growing up in the post-Civil War United States.


September 19 & 20: Epitaphs and Engravings, 11 am. Take some time to learn about the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver family cemetery. Discover the meaning behind these symbols and how they reflect the lives of early settlers. 


September 26: National Public Lands Day, 10 am. A nationwide, volunteer-led workday to improve public lands. More information on how to get involved will be released in the future. Contact the park for more information.


September 27: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins and Her Influence, 11 am. Mariah Watkins’ influence on George Washington Carver during his stay in her Neosho home strengthened his self-esteem, nurtured his faith in God and encouraged him to pursue his education.


Joplin, Mo


Fridays: MO-KAN Dragway 2020. Friday Fun Drags every Friday night through October. Bracket, small tire, funny cars, nostalgia and more as listed in the schedule. 417.642.5599.


September 4: First Friday WineShare, 6-8 pm, TBA. Bring a bottle of wine or a craft beer. Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.


September 12: Beerfest 2020, 5-10 pm, 7300 E. 20th St. A fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jasper & Newton Counties. We bring the area’s largest beer distributors and local brewers to Joplin Memorial Hall along with food vendors, live music, games, musical guests The Mixtapes along with our typical vendors. Our new venue will accommodate social distancing guidelines. We’ll have games by the patio and vendors spread inside and outside the main building. Call 800.657.2534.


September 17: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown. Come with your friends and family to stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.


September 25-26: Getaway, 1111 North Main St., 4 pm. Teen events at Ozark Christian College exist to encourage and equip those who minister to youth as well as challenge youth to pursue life on mission with God – practicing Christian service and building Christian character at a young age. These events also function to recruit more workers for the harvest field, engaging them in Ozark’s mission to train for Christian service. Getaway exists to this end for students in the sixth-eighth grades. Call 417.626.1294.


Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.


September 12: Campfire Cooking, 6 pm. Free classes/all ages. Join us in Wildcat Park to learn how to cook in camp. We will go over the basics of campfire safety, how to cook on an open flame, in a Dutch oven and on a stick. Please bring your bug spray and close-toed shoes! To register, visit our Facebook page or email


September 12: Yoga in Nature for Adults (sponsored by Peaceful Yoga by Amanda), 8:30-9:30 am, free, ages 16 and up. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Class held at Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. To register, visit our Facebook page or email


September 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids. Free class, 11:15-11:45 am for ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This is a great opportunity to help kids when they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Class held at Wildcat Glades Pavilion. To register, visit our Facebook page or leave a message at 417.708.7713.


September 15: Camping Basics Free Class: Nature Explorers, ages 7-12, 6 pm, Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Where should we set up our tent? What should we do to keep our belongings safe? Join us to learn the basics to camping, how to select a good campsite, what to do when camping in bear country and how to make the most of your camping adventure. To register, visit our Facebook page or email


September 26: Under the Log: Preschool Nature Connections, 1-2 pm, ages 3-6 (sponsored by Calvin Cassady); or September 30, 10-11 am, Wildcat Glades Village. The fallen log down in the woods is home to all kinds of creatures. What will we find? A story, a craft and a walk on the trail will be an adventure. To register, visit our Facebook page or email


Webb City, MO


September 12: Route 66 Cruise Night, 5 pm, downtown. Dash plaques to the first 50! This is a free event open to everyone! DJ, trophies and door prizes. Call 417.673.1154.





Brought to you by Connect2Culture. This content is available 8/1/20 at The events listed below are creative alternatives offered by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events below are still occurring before attending.



Brought to you by Connect2Culture. This content is available 9/1/20 at The events listed below are creative alternatives offered by area arts and cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Please confirm the events below are still occurring before attending.


All Month: Coloring JOMO: Women Who Made Their Mark, Post Art Library’s website. Learn about and color 12 important women whose influence has had a lasting impact on Joplin. Download the full book from and start coloring! Free. More information:, 417.623.7953 X1041.

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10:30 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. Though some vendors will be selling their goods in the parking lot, advanced online ordering for curbside pickup is still the best way to secure all of your favorite Empire Market goodies! Online ordering begins Tuesdays at 8 pm and ends Thursdays at 8 pm and can be made at: Curbside pickup is held Saturdays from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,, 417.986.3914.

September 1-November 15: Be Local Passport Program, 8 am-8 pm, downtown Joplin. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our community. As we look to find the new normal, it becomes even more important to support these businesses and what they bring to the community. While many events that traditionally brought people to downtown Joplin have been canceled, the Downtown Joplin Alliance has put together a “non-event” to celebrate all things local. Participating businesses are offering deals and specials to Be Local passport holders. Passports and special Be Local t-shirts can be ordered online, picked up at select locations, and offers redeemed through November 15. Offers will be one-time use per passport holder and will be stamped upon being redeemed. Shop, eat and play downtown as you feel comfortable to do so! Cost: $30 per passport/shirt. More information: Shelby Witzman,, 417.501.9649.

September 1 & 18: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 5:30-6:30 pm, Downtown Joplin Alliance. Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re more than welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes or gloves. The Clean Team meets at the parking lot at 5th and Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Lori Haun,, 417.501.9649.

September 3: Virtual First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, via Facebook. Dozens of artists show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Participating artists located inside various venues along with live acoustic music. Patrons are encouraged to “walk the art” through historic downtown Joplin. Free. Contact, 417.438.5931.

September 4 & 18: C2C Biweekly Check-Ins, 2 pm via Zoom. These casual, online meetings encourage Joplin area arts and cultural organizations to share brief updates, news and ideas with one another during this time. You and your organization are invited to join the conversation! Let’s keep the arts and cultural community connected. You can register for all check-ins or just specific dates. Instructions will be sent as soon as you register. More information: Emily Frankoski,, 417.501.5550.

September 6, 13, 20 & 26: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

September 10: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm on Facebook. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. This group is open to the public. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. In the wake of COVID-19, meetings are being held through their Facebook page. More information:, 417.691.0480.

September 14 & 15: The Complete History of America (Abridged) Auditions, Studio 24, 124 S. Main St. Now’s your chance to shine! Audition for a part in Studio 124’s upcoming performance, The Complete History of America (Abridged). The performance runs October 22-25. More details to come. Free and open to the public. More information: James Boone,, 417.553.1933.

September 17: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

September 18-21: Virtual Joplin Arts Fest, online at The Kiwanis Club of Joplin, in collaboration with Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts, will host its sixth annual Joplin Arts Fest. Southwest Missouri’s premier fall, fine arts festival, Joplin Arts Fest allows visitors to learn about the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and elsewhere. This year’s event is online at beginning September 18 at noon and ending September 21 at noon. More than 30 artists from eight states will have 5-10 pieces of artwork available for viewing and purchase online. Funds raised through the festival support a variety of youth-related programs for the Kiwanis Club of Joplin. Free and open to the public. More information: Steve Doerr,, 417.529.3730.


Through September 30: The Game in Three Parts: Human Trafficking in America by Sarah Serio, online. In her latest exhibition, award-winning artist Sarah Serio explores the chilling stories of men, women and children sold into human trafficking. The works, which are produced through the reduction method of printmaking, highlights the suffering of victims trapped in a violent, demeaning world of exploitation. This powerful exhibit is available to view at Free and open to the public. More information: Sarah Serio,, 417.592.1673.  

Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street:

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Combining the best of both worlds with their Canvas and Home Decor DIY Event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

September 26: Paint Your Pet, 6-9:30 pm. Celebrate your favorite pet by painting its portrait, no experience needed! Register at least 48 hours in advance and send a picture of your pet to be sketched onto a canvas for you to paint. Allow up to three hours for this event. Cost: $49. More information: John Coleman,, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Decide when to come and how long to stay. With up to 3 hours of painting time, you can accomplish and enjoy more personal instruction. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. Cost: $20. More information:

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign-up required; you can sign up at Local Color during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information:, 417.623.3727.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. More information:, 417.553.0835.

September 12: Family Fun Painting Class (ages 8+), noon-2 pm. Paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Matisse’s Purple Cyclamens or Monet’s Waterlilies! You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are provided. Reservations required. Please note: due to COVID-19, the class capacity is limited, social distancing practices will be used and masks are required. Cost is $30. More information and reservation: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

September 17: Vino & Van Gogh, 6-8:30 pm at Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66. A monthly painting event where the artists of Local Color Art Gallery On Route 66 offer step-by-step instruction on how to paint a masterpiece. In this class, you will paint your own version of an Impressionist painting. No experience is necessary. Choose to paint Van Gogh’s Poppies and Butterflies or Van Gogh’s Garden Behind a House. You can also bring your own reference photo to paint, if you prefer. All materials are furnished, plus good drinks and old/new friends! Reservations required. Cost is $35 ($30 if you do not drink wine). Please note: due to COVID-19, the class is limited to eight participants, social distancing practices will be used and masks are required. If needed, a free mask will be provided. More information and reservation: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


September 3: Spiva Trivia Night Live, 6 pm on Facebook. Spiva Center for the Arts is holding a three-round trivia night on Facebook! Put your knowledge of random things to the test as you answer questions in the comments from the comfort of your own home. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

September 29-October 3: 73rd Annual Membership Show Due Dates, Be a part of one of Spiva’s most anticipated exhibits: the 73rd Annual Membership Show! If you’re a Spiva member, submit your artwork before October 3 to participate in this showcase. More details to come. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

August 8-October 10: Element 6 – Carbon Drawing Life by Chris Blackman, Chelsie Murfee and Kim Taggart. Element 6 features the work of three graphite and charcoal artists who pay homage to traditional studio skills but build upon them with their own innovative techniques. The exhibit explores fundamental drawing, with a slow and painstaking understanding of form, values and light. The sixth element, carbon, is the element that binds us together and carefully constructs life on the page through the delicate layering and blending of values. Reservations required; call 417.623.0183 or email for reservations. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

August 8-October 10: Repurpose, Reengineer, Relocate by Angel Brame. Artist Angel Brame strives to transform everyday vintage items so they “[escape] their current habitats.” Brame’s efforts culminate in a distinctively quirky series of sculptures inspired by teapots with wheels and oil cans with tentacles. Reservations required; call 417.623.0183 or email for reservations. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

August 8-October 10: Family Secrets: The Storytelling Art of Steve Head by Steve Head. Artist Steve Head shares untold stories through mixed media and digital collage pieces, which contain photos of past people and situations. Each carefully crafted piece is intended to reveal the raw struggles behind painful experiences, like schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse, poverty and emotional anguish. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.


Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am–noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30 am-noon. Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants every second and fourth Saturday of the month in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration required. This free event is open to all active military, reserve, National Guard and veterans and their families. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Neosho Arts

September 30: Deadline to enter the 25th annual Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition and Exhibition. This will be a virtual exhibition. Open to both emerging and professional artists. Cash prizes. Visit for information or
to enter.

October 1: Deadline to enter the ArtSquared Kids and Teens Art Contest. Free to enter. Ages 8 – 17. Up to 5 pieces may be submitted. This year’s competition will be completely virtual. Visit for information or to enter.

All month, through October 5: Virtual sidewalk chalk art contest. Get your chalks out and turn your sidewalk or driveway into a work of art. Visit for information or to enter.





 In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending.

Galena, KS

September 2 : Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

September 10: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

September 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

September 23: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

September 8: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

September 9 & 23: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance. Offering fresh fruits, vegetables and other products from local farms. 417.347.5646.

September 1: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

September 3: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early Detection Screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Call 417.347.6555 for an appointment.

September 3: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

September 6: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. Call 417.347.2662.

September 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

September 10: Suicide Prevention Virtual Event, 1-3 pm, Ozark Center Facebook Page. Hosted by Ozark Center, this free virtual event includes Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Training for adults, free online depression screenings and Q&A with Ozark Center staff. For more information, visit

September 11: Children’s Miracle Network 28th Annual Tournament of Miracles, 8 am and 1:30 pm, Peoria Ridge Golf Course, Miami, Oklahoma. Tournament of Miracles benefits your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Freeman Health System, which supports all areas of pediatric healthcare, as well as programs like the Direct Family Assistance Program. The tournament is a shotgun start with two starting times and lunch provided. To register for this year’s tournament, please call 417.347.4622, email or visit

September 15: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd., back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

September 25: Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

September 29: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Susan Pittman, Freeman Diabetes program coordinator, will share healthy recipes. Learn how to modify your favorite recipes for better health. There will be a food tasting for some of the recipes she creates. Call 417.347.5837.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

September 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Webb City, MO

September 2: Immune system, Elderberry and CBD, 6-7 pm, aliceCBD, 530 N. East St. 417.717.0614.

September 15: Alzheimer’s, Neurological Disorders, CBD and Mushrooms, 6-7 pm, aliceCBD, 530 N. East St. 417.717.0614.

September 29: CBD, Laws and Uses, 6-7 pm, aliceCBD, 530 N. East St. 417.717.0614. Call Alice Mangan, RN, at 417.310.6160 for scheduling and record review. 

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Tuesdays: Vernon County Farmer’s Market, 3-6 pm, NRMC North Parking Lot. Purchase fresh, local produce.

Caregiver’s Support Group. This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us, and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

September 12: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

September 16: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

September 17: Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, 9-11:30 am or 1-1:30 pm. Learn how to feel better and be in control. Free classes provided virtually through the University of Missouri Extension. Choose between a morning or afternoon program. To register, please contact Sara Bridgewater at or 660.679.4167.

September 22 & 24: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

September 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

September 11 & 25: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

September 11: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

September 11: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

September 2: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.